Important on-line survey on Ocean Acidification: please take part!

We are asking you to take part in an on-line survey and asking you to get as many of your colleagues to do likewise. This survey has been devised to support efforts underway led by a group of donors on behalf of the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity to determine message and communications strategies on ocean acidification, as well as to support the upcoming meeting of the Reference Users Group (RUG). The results from this survey will help inform our thinking on the Ocean Acidification Action Plan which is one of the main deliverable from the RUG meeting.


The background to the survey which you can also read on-line is given below and the link to the survey is:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QPN763J

I hope very much that you will be able to take part.
With all good wishes
Dan Laffoley
Chair, Ocean Acidification Reference User Group

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The scientific community has clearly shown that significant shifts in ocean chemistry are underway which could seriously impact and degrade ocean ecosystems by mid century or even earlier. We also know that ocean acidification, due to ocean uptake of a large proportion of carbon dioxide emitted since the industrial revolution, is likely to continue but is dependent on future carbon dioxide emissions.

Although there is an increasing concern globally and a sense of extreme urgency about this issue there has been precious little progress to address this at the policy level. To this end there is currently an effort underway led by a group of donors on behalf of the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity to determine message and communications strategies on ocean acidification in order to elicit action amongst a range of stakeholders and policy fora. The primary aims of this work are two fold:

  • to begin crafting practical strategies for influencing national and international policy that can protect ocean ecosystems from the potential large scale systemic break down that may be caused by future increasing acidity; and
  • to provide the broader ocean community with a message and communications framework that will elevate ocean acidification as a priority issue and advance solutions and resilience strategies

To date selected interviews with representatives from the donor, media, industry, scientific, policy and advocacy communities have been conducted. In order to inform this research further we are seeking views of the wider constituency group through this short survey It is fully expected that the outcomes of this work will feed into research projects and significantly enhance the effectiveness of their communication and outreach efforts. The results of this survey will also be considered by the European Project on Ocean Acidification (EPOCA) and the Ocean Acidification Reference Users Group (OARUG) at their upcoming meeting in Monaco, and will serve to complement and inform the communication materials produced by the OARUG.

This will be an anonymous survey and therefore your honest and frank answers will be extremely helpful.


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